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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins

Wednesday, 03.01.2006 / 9:10 AM / News
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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins

Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 39-14-4 (82 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Bruins: 24-24-10 (58 pts.), Northeast Division, 5th place

Tonight's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes resume regular-season play on Wednesday at the RBC Center against the Boston Bruins (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) following the NHL's two-week Olympic break. Carolina has 25 games remaining in their 82-game regular-season schedule, with all games against Eastern Conference opponents. The Hurricanes' 82 points prior to the Olympic Break put them three points ahead of Ottawa for first place in the conference and 14 points ahead of Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division. Detroit's 83 points led the NHL prior to the Olympic Break.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Left wing Erik Cole has earned points in each of the last four games (2/5-2/12: 3g, 1a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned assists and points in each of the last four games (2/5-2/12: 1g, 5a)
  • Center Eric Staal has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (2/10-2/12: 2g, 2a)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (2/10-2/12: 0g, 3a)

Milestone Watch

  • Left wing Cory Stillman is one goal shy of 200 for his NHL career

Television: none
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network - WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh - flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Carolina Notes
The Hurricanes currently post a 39-14-4 record, including a 16-4-0 record in 20 games since Dec. 31. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. The home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes currently post the best home record in the league at 24-5-1 (49 points). With 82 points in their first 57 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-57 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 64-point, 57-game mark recorded by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored twice and had an assist on Feb. 10 for his 21st multi-point game and eighth multi-goal game of the season. Through games of Feb. 12, Staal ranked third in the league with 75 points and tied for fourth in the NHL with 36 goals. He has notched points in 42 of the Hurricanes' 57 games this season. Through games of Feb. 12, he ranked tied for sixth in the league with 15 power-play goals and three shorthanded goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 24-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-8-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 73-of-381 (19.2%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 255-of-312 (81.7%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, wrist, surgery 2/1, out two months, missed 5 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 42 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
March 1 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 2 Thursday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
March 3 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 4 Saturday Mellon Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 5 Sunday none
March 6 Monday Madison Square Garden 11:30 a.m.
March 7 Tuesday SB Flyers Skate Zone 12:00 p.m.
March 8 Wednesday Wachovia Center 11:30 a.m.
March 9 Thursday TBD (Florida)
March 10 Friday BankAtlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
March 11 Saturday BankAtlantic Center 11:30 a.m.
March 12 Sunday none

*All times are local - Times and locations subject to change

Against the Bruins
Wednesday marks the third of four regular-season meetings between Carolina and Boston, and the final time the teams will meet at the RBC Center during the 2005-06 regular season. Carolina took the first game of the 2005-06 season series when Matt Cullen scored in overtime to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 victory on Oct. 26. Doug Weight scored as Carolina's fourth shooter, and Martin Gerber held off Sergei Samsonov (Boston's fourth shooter) as the Hurricanes scored a 4-3 shootout win in the team's last meeting on Feb. 5 at TD Banknorth Garden. The teams will wrap up the season series on March 18 in Boston.

The Hurricanes won the 2003-04 season series against the Bruins 2-1-1-0, scoring wins in each of their two visits to Boston, including a 2-0 shutout win on Oct. 23, 2003. Josef Vasicek (2g, 4a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Bruins with six points (2g, 4a). Joe Thornton paced Boston with five points (1g, 4a) in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 58-82-16 all-time record against the Bruins, going 32-36-9 at home and 26-46-7 in Boston.

Hurricanes vs. Bruins 2005-06 Schedule

  • Oct. 26 RBC Center W, 4-3 (OT)
  • Feb. 5 TD Banknorth Garden W, 4-3 (SO)
  • March 1 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.
  • March 18 TD Banknorth Garden 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 26, 2005 Hurricanes 4, Boston 3 (OT)
The Carolina Hurricanes scored their second straight come-from-behind victory when Matt Cullen scored 3:24 into overtime to keep the Hurricanes undefeated at the RBC Center for 2005-06. Cullen put the Hurricanes ahead 1-0 into the game, but Boston scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead 10:20 into the second period. Carolina rallied on goals by defenseman Frantisek Kaberle and Erik Cole to take the game to overtime when Cullen gave the Hurricanes their first 4-on-4 overtime win of the season. Eric Staal won the game's first star with assists on Kaberle's and Cole's goals. Defenseman Aaron Ward earned the first assists on each of Cullen's goals for his first two-assists game of his career and first two-point game since March 8, 2004. Martin Gerber made 24 saves to earn his third straight win for Carolina.

Feb. 5, 2006 Hurricanes 4, Boston 3 (SO)
Carolina scored its fifth shootout win of the 2005-06 season when center Doug Weight scored Carolina's second shootout goal and goaltender Martin Gerber stopped Boston's fourth and final shooter Sergei Samsonov. The game marked the return of left wing Cory Stillman to the Hurricanes' lineup, and Stillman earned assists on goals by linemates Eric Staal and Erik Cole. Staal notched the primary assist on Cole's goal for his 20th multi-point game of the season. Defenseman Aaron Ward also earned two assists in the game and defenseman Glen Wesley notched his second goal of the season, Carolina's first of the game.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
57
36
39
75
26 Cole
57
26
28
54
61 Stillman
48
15
39
54

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
40
2.73
28-9-2
.906
30 Ward
22
3.44
11-5-2
.887


Bruins
GP
G
A
PTS
37 Bergeron
57
19
31
50
26 Boyes
58
16
28
44
16 Sturm
51
20
20
40

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
1 Raycroft
26
3.66
7-16-2
.883
30 Thomas
17
2.17
8-3-4
.930

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